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Hugo Esteban Rodriguez

September 2, 2015

Love Lessons


I learned about love from a woman
who loved women
her hands were rough
when she grabbed my face and kissed my left

she was writing a book about romance
about being misunderstood

she sat next to me on her couch, her purse-sized dogs dollies
napping between us when the lesson began

To love a woman is to have warm hands, she said
To hold, to caress, to scratch that itch in the back of her bra strap
that she quite can’t reach

Love was looking at the girl’s eyes and just knowing right then and there
that she was the one

“Was she the one?”
“How did you know?”
“I just told you.”

She told me love waits for the opportunity, the brief window of time
when two heavenly bodies align and the sun casts the right shadow
the right spot

“The G spot?”
“That helps, too.”

She told me love was entertaining temptation
but knowing how to keep it at bay, turning supermodels
and curious experimenters down with a hard smile.

“A drunken smile?”
“A half-smile.”

Flirting with disaster without fiddling with the
jean waistline but holding out, because
true love isn’t hunting
it’s waiting



Hugo Esteban Rodriguez is a graduate of the University of Texas at Brownsville and currently works as an interpreter in Houston, Texas. He is currently pursuing an MFA in Creative Writing through the University of Texas at El Paso. His work has been previously published in the 2014 edition of the Texas Poetry Calendar.




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